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Christianist Group Opposing Same-Sex Marriage Launches in UK: VIDEO


Coalition for Marriage, the UK's version of NOM, is ramping up a campaign to oppose efforts to achieve marriage equality there. Here's their debut video featuring a whole line-up of Christianist bigots.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Wasn't that slag at the beginning in "To Sir, With Love"?

    Posted by: Mark | Feb 24, 2012 3:25:55 PM

  2. Wade, it's quite possible. If NOM could be labeled an official hate group in the US it would make it easier for the UK to ban them and any financial contributions as undesirable for the common good like it did with Michael Savage and Fred Phelps.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Feb 24, 2012 3:27:35 PM

  3. Matt26, it won't get much air time in the UK, it's not something the Brits would take seriously and dismiss it for what it is. Loony tunes.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Feb 24, 2012 3:28:41 PM

  4. I can't say I'm a fan of the term "Christianists"; it feels too close to how crazy right-wingers use "homosexualist", to be honest. I'd much rather just put "Christian" in quotes for headlines like these.

    Posted by: Yuki | Feb 24, 2012 3:56:20 PM

  5. Obviously her hairdresser hates her.

    Posted by: Paulie | Feb 24, 2012 4:04:54 PM

  6. I'm not sure that this group will have much traction in the UK.
    It faces quite a few problems - not least in the information it's putting out. The ex-Archbishop of Canterbury looks more than a little ignorant when he says that marriage isn't a matter for government. As far as I'm aware (and I could be wrong), the last time the government changed the definition of marriage was in 1959 when civil marriages were introduced into the law. Again, as far as I can remember, it was the Church of England that co-sponsored the Bill.
    Also, polygamous marriages outside the UK are still recognised as marriages within the UK (God knows, there were enough sheikhs' wives arrested for shoplifting in the 1970s for that to have been well and truly accepted in English and Welsh case law).
    Also, the Conservative and Labour politicians shown in that clip are on the 'dinosaur' wing of both their parties. I suspect they're going to get short shrift from the rest of the MPs (and even members of the House of Lords).
    Although there's only one gay member of the House of Lords who is a vocal and consitent advocate of gay-rights (the much under-appreciated and gorgeously gay Lord Waheed Ali), he is an incredibly capable politician who has defeated many anti-gay moves in the Lords.
    Mostly, though, I think the philosophy of the group goes against the British concept of 'fair play'. The whole argument of 'if you don't want gay marriage, don't marry a gay' will play far more strongly in the UK than it does in the US.
    Also, their main spokeswoman has really bad hair. No mattrer what she says is going to be lost in all the jokes about how if she had a gay hairdresser, she wouldn't have been allowed out of the house with that hair.
    Even if he hated her, it'd be career suicide to let her be seen in public and have your name associated with it.

    Posted by: dazzer | Feb 24, 2012 4:12:21 PM

  7. I absolutely LOVE the "Christianist" moniker. Let's make it a dirty word. I look forward to the day when the media starts differentiating between a true Christian and a Christian Terrorist, i.e., CHRISTIANIST!

    Posted by: Mestone67 | Feb 24, 2012 4:28:38 PM

  8. @jack

    Christianist: A member of the Christian faith who seeks to use a religion of peace and tolerance for political and personal gain.

    I believe Andrew Sullivan coined the term.

    Posted by: Ronster | Feb 24, 2012 4:48:33 PM

  9. Glad to know there are crazies everywhere!

    Posted by: tim | Feb 24, 2012 6:05:12 PM

  10. PaulR: There are two Conservative MPs on that panel; Fiona Bruce and David Burrowes. They are both clearly identified as Conservative MPs on the screen.

    Posted by: Andrew W | Feb 25, 2012 4:51:50 AM

  11. "Peg Bundy" looks like a straight up alcoholic with sexual dysfunction problems. No wonder she's angry.

    Posted by: Joe De Hoyos | Feb 25, 2012 12:51:33 PM

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